“FIRST THING I DID WHEN I GOT THE CAR WAS TO TAKE IT TO THE TRACK,” SHINNO EX­PLAINS. “I WANTED TO SEE HOW IT HAN­DLED AND PER­FORMED BE­FORE MOD­I­FY­ING IT.”

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Some Evo purists read­ing this may be shud­der­ing at the thought of a car with rally DNA ex­it­ing through the bay doors of a stance shop with eight de­grees of neg­a­tive cam­ber, but have no fear, Shinno has a good head on his shoul­ders. In fact, when he bought the 100-per­cent stock Evo from a used dealer in 2008, his first move was very un­char­ac­ter­is­tic of any­one who val­ues form over func­tion.

“First thing I did when I got the car was to take it to the track,” Shinno ex­plains. “I wanted to see how it han­dled and per­formed be­fore mod­i­fy­ing it. The car was re­ally fast al­ready, so I knew it wouldn't be hard to make a rocket out of it. I just made sure to keep the ex­cel­lent bal­ance.”

Shinno ac­tu­ally left the car stock for a year af­ter he bought it to feel ev­ery­thing out. Once he iden­ti­fied where he could im­prove, he dove right un­der the hood first to try his hand at heart surgery. The HKS F-CON V Pro com­puter and EVC 6 boost con­troller are the mae­stros di­rect­ing the Tomei ARMS M7960 turbo kit, 600cc in­jec­tors, and af­ter­mar­ket camshafts to pro­duce 400 horse­power – 124 more than the fac­tory 4G63T 2.0-liter pushes out. The re­sult­ing ex­haust from this fierce com­bus­tion is re­leased through a full Tomei sys­tem, which makes a sound that has Pepino ques­tion­ing how Shinno “hasn't been locked up yet!”

Next came the piece that re­ally sets this Evo apart from the rest: the Vol­tex body kit. This par­tic­u­lar kit is the Cy­ber Cir­cuit kit, which is the full deal that's made for com­pe­ti­tion, with ev­ery ca­nard, end­plate, and dif­fuser in­cluded. Un­der the haunches of the wide front fend­ers and rear over-fend­ers, 255/40 Ad­van Neova tires are stretched over square 18x11 WORK Meis­ter M1 wheels.

“The qual­ity of the Vol­tex body kit is be­yond re­proach, but it wasn't a piece of cake to fit the 11-inch wide wheels and get this flush look,” says Shinno. “I had to spend some time on the sus­pen­sion set-up.”

Oh­lins' ca­pa­ble PCV (Par­al­lel Com­pres­sion Valve) coilovers, out­fit­ted with Swift springs, lower the fend­ers just over the Yoko­hama tire stick­ers for a height ap­pro­pri-

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